• Japan badminton team look to move past gambling scandal

    Tokyo: The Japanese badminton team's morale was low when Japanese rising badminton star, 21-year-old Kento Momota and six-time Japan national champion Kenichi Tago have been expelled from the national team after they admitted to gamble at illegal casinos.Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi are eyeing for Olympic gold in Rio. (photo: Yoshiaki Miura)

    Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi are eyeing for Olympic gold in Rio. (photo: Yoshiaki Miura)

  • Kenichi Tago to find opportunities overseas after gambling penalty

    Tokyo: Six-time Japan national champion and the 2010 All England runner-up Kenichi Tago, who lost about 10 million yen in over 60 visits to illegal casinos in Tokyo and Yokohama from October 2014 to January 2016, is looking to resume his badminton career overseas after he received indefinite suspension by the Nippon Badminton Association.The punishments for Kenichi Tago's misconduct may seem too harsh! (photo: GettyImages)

    The punishments for Kenichi Tago's misconduct may seem too harsh! (photo: GettyImages)

  • Kento Momota, Kenichi Tago officially removed from BWF rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: Although Japanese young badminton star Kento Momota who has been denied a spot on Japan’s team for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics after receiving an indefinite suspension from the Nippon Badminton Association on April 10, 2016 for his visit to an illegal casino, but he hadn’t officially been removed from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Ranking, until this Thursday.The "more than a year" suspension of Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago is unnecessary and is a complete waste of a talent.

    The "more than a year" suspension of Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago is unnecessary and is a complete waste of a talent.

  • New pictures surface in Kento Momota scandal

    Tokyo: Japanese media has heightened interest in Japanese badminton ace Kento Momota’s private life after intimate pictures of him and an unidentified woman were leaked and went viral on internet sites.Sexy pictures of Kento Momota and a mysterious woman. (photo: shincho)

    Sexy pictures of Kento Momota and a mysterious woman. (photo: shincho)

  • The Kento Momota scandal continues

    Tokyo: Despite being kicked off Japan’s badminton national team and was banned from competition indefinitely after he was found guilty of placing illegal bets at an illegal casino, Momota could soon found himself in deep financial trouble.Hope Kento Momota could stay strong and positive during the difficult times. (photo: GettyImages)

    Hope Kento Momota could stay strong and positive during the difficult times. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Kento Momota denied 2016 Rio Olympics berth

    Tokyo: Japan will not send Kento Momota to the 2016 Rio Olympics despite qualified for the tournament by being the men's singles World No. 2 at the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings.

    Despite tearful pleas for mercy from his teammate Kenichi Tago, the Nippon Badminton Association (NBA) has decided on Sunday to suspend Olympic medal prospect Kento Momota from competition indefinitely for gambling at an illegal casino. The badminton’s governing body in Japan, will also strip Momota of his status as a certified member of the national team. Kenichi Tago who was also found guilty of placing illegal bets, was removed from the organization’s official player list for an indefinite period.This is one of the pictures that sparked Kento Momota's illegal gambling probe. (source: shincho)

    This is one of the pictures that sparked Kento Momota's illegal gambling probe. (source: shincho)

  • Kento Momota, Kenichi Tago issue apologies for visiting illegal casino

    Tokyo: Japanese Olympic badminton medal hope Kento Momota made a somber apology on Friday after jeopardizing his place at this summer's Rio Games by visiting an illegal casino.Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago admit to gambling at an illegal casino. (photo: AFP)

    Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago admit to gambling at an illegal casino. (photo: AFP)

  • Kento Momota may be banned from Olympics over illegal gambling

    Tokyo: World No. 4 and 21-year-old men's singles player Kento Momota of Japan could potentially being banned from competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro if the Nippon Badminton Association confirmed Momota has been a frequent visitor to an illegal casino in Tokyo.Kento Momota (r) and Kenichi Tago arrive at Narita airport Thursday morning.

    Kento Momota (r) and Kenichi Tago arrive at Narita airport Thursday morning.

  • Kenichi Tago, Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying knocked out of Denmark Open

    Copenhagen: Kenichi Tago suffered another shock early exit at the Denmark Open as he was knocked out in his opening qualifying match by world No 136 Kim Bruun of Denmark.

    The world No. 39 Japanese was struggling to close out the match after he took the first set 21-11, but squandered a leading a 17-14 lead to lose to Bruun 17-21 in the second set. Tago's stamina was no longer what it used to be, he struggled to adjust to the fast-paced game in the third set played by Bruun, who eventually wrapped up the 63 minutes match by brushing aside the Japanese 21-16 in the third set.Hope Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying can make huge breakthrough at their upcoming Superseries events.

    Hope Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying can make huge breakthrough at their upcoming Superseries events.

  • Kenichi Tago quits Japan national team

    Tokyo: Kenichi Tago who played a critical role in defeating China in the semifinals of the 2014 Thomas cup tournament, has decided to quit the Japan national team starting on October 1. The Nippon Badminton Association had announced that Tago will be competing as an independent shuttler going forward.Best wishes to Kenichi Tago!

    Best wishes to Kenichi Tago!

  • Lee Chong Wei is back to compete in the Superseries

    Kuala Lumpur: After a one year absence from the Superseries, Lee Chong Wei will be participating in the Japan Open Superseries in Tokyo from Sept 8-13.

    The previous Superseries he played was at the Indonesian Superseries in June last year, where he lost in a three-set thriller to Kenichi Tago of Japan in the semi-finals with 16-21, 21-15, 16-21 at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno in Jakarta.The King of Superseries, Lee Chong Wei can finally play in the Superseries.

    The King of Superseries, Lee Chong Wei can finally play in the Superseries.

  • Jan O Jorgensen, Kenichi Tago join Malaysia's Purple League

    Kuala Lumpur: After a three week break, the second half of Malaysia's first professional badminton league - Kopiko Purple League will kick into full gear on January 2, 2015.

    Second half of the season will see the addition of world number three Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark and world number 4 Kenichi Tago of Japan. Jorgensen and Tago will play for Petaling BC. In addition, the number two team in Purple League, Muar City BC have also picked up a big name in women's singles, the BWF Superseries Finals women's singles champion Tai Tzu-Ying of Taiwan.Jan O Jorgensen (right) will be the main attraction as second half of Purple League begins on Jan 2, 2015

    Jan O Jorgensen (right) will be the main attraction as second half of Purple League begins on Jan 2, 2015

  • Chen Long, K. Srikanth book Dubai semi-final berths

    Dubai: World number two Chen Long, fought back from a set down, to beat Danish badminton player Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 13-21 21-10 21-9 in 57 minutes on Thursday.China men's badminton team enjoy the Arabic style at Dubai

    China men's badminton team enjoy the Arabic style at Dubai

  • Kenichi Tago's withdrawal clears Chen Long's path

    Kuala Lumpur: World number 2 Chen Long faces a much easier path to the final of World Championships, after the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced on Friday that Kenichi Tago of Japan has pulled out of the tournament which will be held in Copenhagen from Aug 25 to 31.Kenichi Tago’s (left) withdrawal had made Chen Long’s road to the final much easier!

    Kenichi Tago’s (left) withdrawal had made Chen Long’s road to the final much easier!

  • Indonesia Open Final: Jorgensen takes torch from Peter Gade

    Jakarta: Torch got passed in Jakarta on Sunday night. Despite being crowned several titles in Europe such as 2010 Denmark Open and French Open last year, Denmark's Jan O. Jorgensen has yet to win a championship in other continents until Sunday. After his breakthrough win against Kenichi Tago in the Indonesia Open final, he has become one of the most dangerous badminton player from Denmark after Peter Gade.Peter Gade to Jan O Jorgensen - Passing of the torch :-)

    Peter Gade to Jan O Jorgensen - Passing of the torch :-)

  • Indonesia Open: Kenichi Tago denies Chong Wei in semi-final

    Jakarta: World number one Lee Chong Wei was knocked out of the Indonesia Open in the semi-finals on Saturday in a shock loss to fourth-seed Kenichi Tago of Japan.
    The Malaysian could not keep up with Tago in the first game, making unforced errors and placing the shuttle wide of the sidelines.
    "Tago played better and more aggressively today," said Chong Wei.Jan O Jorgensen have discovered the secret formula on how to defeat top Chinese shuttlers by defeating Lin Dan in last week's Japan Open and Chen Long in Indonesia Open

    Jan O Jorgensen have discovered the secret formula on how to defeat top Chinese shuttlers by defeating Lin Dan in last week's Japan Open and Chen Long in Indonesia Open

  • Japan Open: Lee Chong Wei reaches final

    Tokyo: World number one is now one victory away from becoming the first man to win five Japan Open titles.Lee Chong Wei is seeking a fifth Japan Open title

    Lee Chong Wei is seeking a fifth Japan Open title

    Lee Chong Wei extended his mastery over Kenichi Tago as he stopped the Japanese 21-15, 21-17 in a dominant semi-final win lasting 47 minutes. Chong Wei will play the "giant slayer" of the tournament, Hu Yun from Hong Kong. Hu Yun had played some of the most thrilling badminton of the tournament to beat world number two, Chen Long in the quarter final, and world number three Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark 21-13, 19-21, 21-15 in a 62-minute semi-final match. On Sunday, Chong Wei needs to watch out for Hu Yun as the way Hu is playing, he is capable of knocking off the defending champ in the final.

  • Thomas Cup: Japan stuns China 3-0

    Japan pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Thomas Cup history Friday night by knocking out nine-time Thomas Cup champions and defending champions China 3-0 in the semi-final.Kento Momota sealed the last point for Japan's 3-0 win over China in the Thomas Cup semi-finals.

    Kento Momota sealed the last point for Japan's 3-0 win over China in the Thomas Cup semi-finals.

    World No. 4 Kenichi Tago started aggressively early in the first game. His persistent attacks was able to dismantle Chen Long's defense and quickly closing down his Chinese opponent with 21-13 win. Kenichi continued his hot streak in second game to overcome Chen Long 21-11 to grab the first point for Japan in 43 minutes.

  • Derek Wong is eligible to play in first round of Singapore Badminton Open

    SINGAPORE: Singapore's top men's singles player, Derek Wong, is eligible to play in the first round of the OUE Singapore Open for the first time on April 8.Shuttler Derek Derek Wong needs to be more consistent and technically-sound in order to compete at the highest level of badminton competitions.

    Shuttler Derek Derek Wong needs to be more consistent and technically-sound in order to compete at the highest level of badminton competitions.

    Derek Wong who is supposed to play in the qualifiers originally, replaces world number three Kenichi Tago from Japan who withdrew from the tournament.

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